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Antarctic Treaty stamp issue by Japan

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Japan Post has issued a stamp set commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty.

The Antarctic Treaty regulates international relations with respect to Antarctica, Earth's only continent without a native human population.

The treaty, entering into force in 1961 and eventually signed by 47 countries, sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military activity on that continent.

The stamps depict:

Snow pattern and the silhouette of Antarctica
The Adelie penguin
The Chinstrap penguin
The Penguin
The Emperor Penguin
The Macaroni penguin

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